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By Deirdre Marie Manley Ed.D


Intimate Poetry

Reflections: Floating Red Petunias is an intimate collection of poetry reflecting the experiences and emotions of a resilient young woman who finds her path and voice simply by showing love. Each work in this creative compilation encourages the reader to lean into the challenges of life, as the writer has, all while remaining on the map and under the radar.
“Yes, I read all of her poetry. For the most part you can feel her soul and know from her work that she loves deeply. I especially liked the tributes she did for her family members and she drops some important wisdom on us as well. I would love to have her in a workshop.  Her poetry represents a positive voice with a heartfelt message for life, love and family.”

~ Abiodun Oyewole, Last Poet in Harlem

“I liked the one regarding her sister and I enjoyed how she utilized God in her poetry as well. Thanks again for sharing.”

~ Che Lamora

“I love all of your poems.”

~ Sistah Nandi


Deirdre Marie Manley, Ed.D

Dr. Manley is the published author of “Reflections, Floating Red Petunias” and is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes, relevant poetry sure to melt their hearts.



What is Your Purpose? It’s About Time You Know.

By day, she’s a small black business owner who provide high quality Early Childhood Education Consultant Services across the United States to include motivational speaking. Dr. Dee is a passionate advocate about bringing about awareness and understanding of the Sovereignty of God. Also, those who battle Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, autism, developmental delays and with spiritual growth. She loves to hear from readers.

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We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”

Kavita Ramdas


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May 14, 2022

Book Launch - Hartford, CT

PreDestined” by Deirdre M. Manley, Ed.D.

VIRTUAL – 6:00 pm


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Available May 14, 2022



Excerpt from “PreDestined”

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